Here are 10 analogies that you can directly relate hunting to recruiting:
1) Recruiters ARE hunters. They are always looking for the best
way to find the talent. They look for the best place to find individuals
that the hunted wouldn’t think they would be found.
2) There is not one correct way to hunt. When hunting game, some
people use bows, others use guns. There is no right or wrong. At the
end of the day, whoever comes home with the game has been successful. As
a true Texan would say, “There is more than one way to skin a buck”.
Recruiters must find the best avenue that works for them while still
utilizing multiple approaches. Linkedin recruiter works for some,
others just pick up the phone.
3) Hunters often take the long -range shot to bring in the big
game. Recruiters have to take risks and not be afraid of rejection if
they want the candidate whom everyone desires. These candidates are long
shots, but worth the time to pursue.
4) Hunters miss their targets sometimes, but get the next target
that comes along. Recruiters can’t win every time, but the resilience is
what separates them from the pack.
5) Hunters are patient. It may take years to get the buck you have
been looking to find. Recruiters must be patient also. They must
maintain relationships and the big hire they are looking for will come
6) Hunters are more successful when a plan is in place. They are
unsuccessful when they shoot their gun in the air aimlessly. The shotgun
effect for recruiters never works. Make sure you know what target you
are trying to hit and an idea of how you can hit it.
7) Team hunting usually works very well. When hunting dove or
pheasants, placement of the other hunters is essential to the success of
the hunt. Recruiters who work in teams, such as a sourcing team and
Talent Acquisition team, usually yield better results than a one-man
8) Hunters hunt early and late in the day. In recruitment this is
very true also. The best time to reach a candidate is before or after
9) Hunters are always looking for the best way to catch their game.
Good hunters usually have the latest and greatest binoculars, gun, and
camouflage. Recruiters are always staying on top of the latest
recruiting trends and continually trying to learn so they can find the
10) Hunters hunt because they love to hunt. Recruiters who are successful love what they do